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New Hawaii State laws effective January 1, 2011
By News Release @ 3:54 PM :: 6692 Views :: Energy, Environment

New Laws Effective January 1, 2011

From Hawaii House Democrats’ Blog

The following are some of the laws (those most likely to impact the general public) slated to take effect on January 1, 2011. Click on the bills to get more information.

HB1985 Relating to Taxation.

Part I of the bill is amended to repeal the deduction of political contributions from taxable income. This becomes effective on January 1, 2011 and applies to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2010.

HB2003 Relating to Campaign Financing

Corporations that contribute $1000 or more to a candidate or candidate committee within a two-year election cycle must file a report to the Campaign Finance Commission.

HB2397 Relating to Primary Elections

Changes the date of Hawaii's Primary Election from the 2nd to the last Saturday in September to the 2nd Saturday of August.

HB2725 Relating to Animals

In relation to the humane treatment of animals, the new law defines primary pet enclosure to mean any kennel, cage or structure used to restrict an animal to a limited amount of space. Redefines the term "necessary sustenance" by expanding the area of confinement, and to include veterinary care when needed to prevent suffering.

SB2548 Relating to Information Technology

Establishes a Chief Information Officer and information technology steering committee within the Office of the Governor to develop, implement and manage a statewide information technology strategic plan.

SB2599 Relating to Health Insurance

Requires coverage for the screening of colorectal cancer by colonoscopy and any other screening modalities that have received a grade of A or B from the US Preventative Service Task Force. Beginning March 1, 2011, requires all health insurance providers to inform their insured of the risk associated with undiagnosed colorectal cancer.

SB2897 Relating to Highway Safety

Enacts recommendations of the Ignition Interlock Implementation Task Force.

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